Definition of hard-headed in English:

hard-headed

adjective

  • Practical and realistic; not sentimental:

    ‘a hard-headed businessman’
    • ‘Scots have a reputation for being hard-headed, realistic folk, bearing perhaps some similarity to the people of Yorkshire.’
    • ‘The cult of hard-headed routine and practicality, as expressed here, was often just another form of romanticism, and by no means always the most effective.’
    • ‘One thing is sure, the festival of the future will have a more commercial and hard-headed business edge to it and will seek to capitalise much more on the brand name, Rose of Tralee.’
    • ‘A shrewd, hard-headed businessman typical of his age, he speedily restored abbey finances after years of mismanagement.’
    • ‘I've come to cherish the hard-headed practicality of the hero's wife in Henry Handel Richardson's The Fortunes of Richard Mahony.’
    • ‘It radiates hard-headed realism, icy egoism and unsentimental calculation.’
    • ‘I don't think many people are aware quite how much theatre design is a hard-headed practical matter.’
    • ‘Even the most hard-headed realist must shudder at the thought of a world without music.’
    • ‘This Chancellor has a hard-headed and realistic approach to financial management.’
    • ‘Some might say this proves that no matter how hard-headed you are in business, the heart is not so clever.’
    • ‘While many people might imagine the writer's life is one of poetry and romance, Ms Traviss took a very practical and hard-headed approach to the project.’
    • ‘He was also hard-headed enough to realise that being on the stock market did the club no favours, so he delisted it, putting himself out of a job.’
    • ‘This is a kind of huge practicality, a hard-headed balancing act.’
    • ‘Their ambition to succeed seems to be matched only by their hard-headed realism about selling and how to do it.’
    • ‘But then they also know that I'm in favor of it for hard-headed, realistic reasons.’
    • ‘She's just a hard-headed, practical girl, sharp enough to see how much trouble she's in, but not sharp enough to do a whole lot about it.’
    • ‘But hard-headed businessmen don't blow thousands on these events for nothing.’
    • ‘Good to see youth justice in the charge of such a hard-headed realist.’
    • ‘For hard-headed realism, the international is a domain of power, mistrust and recurrence of conflict.’
    • ‘Too hard-headed a businessman to buy into the whole Field of Dreams scenario, he is nevertheless driven by a vision which he knows is shared by many people.’
    unsentimental, practical, pragmatic, businesslike, realistic, sensible, rational, tough, clear-thinking, cool-headed, hard-bitten, down-to-earth, matter-of-fact, no-nonsense, with both feet on the ground, with one's feet on the ground
    shrewd, astute, sharp, sharp-witted
    hard-nosed, hard-boiled
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Pronunciation:

hard-headed

/ˌhɑːdˈhɛdɪd/